Proposed K-12 Social Studies Standards: All the Details Educators Need to Know

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Whether on social media, in the news or even from your staff, you've likely heard about the proposed changes to the Michigan K-12 Social Studies Standards. In case you missed it, here are links to two articles in Bridge Magazine that summarize the current public debate about these proposed changes.

On Thursday, June 14, the MDE released a memo to the field with more information about these proposed changes and the process, including a side-by-side comparison of the current standards and suggested edits, details on how to submit public comment - which is open until June 30 - and upcoming Listen & Learn sessions across the state.

MASSP members are encouraged to read over this information and share it with your staff. If you choose to participate in public comment, remember that while your feedback doesn't have to be lengthy or detailed, it should be constructive if you urge changes.

MEMO #087-18

Side by Side Comparison of 2007 Social Studies Standards and the Proposed Revisions

The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) is in the process of updating the Michigan Social Studies Standards from the current 2007 Standards. A document containing the proposed updated Michigan Social Studies Standards side-by-side with the original 2007 Standards is available for review. Please use the online survey to share feedback on the updated Social Studies Standards.

The MDE is sponsoring Listen & Learn sessions across the state. Remaining sessions are scheduled for Flint - June 18, Saginaw - June 19, Oakland ISD - June 20, Sault St. Marie - June 26, Lansing - June 27 and Grand Rapids - June 28. All sessions will begin at 6:00 p.m. and last until 8:00 p.m. More information about the Listen and Learn sessions can be found on the Social Studies Standards website.

The purpose of the Listen & Learn sessions is to gather input from Michigan residents on the proposed updates. The Department wants to hear the thoughts of its residents. The information gathered from these sessions will be used by Feedback Panels comprised of Social Studies writers, members of the Focus Groups, and others to determine what changes, if any, should be made to the current draft.

Please refer any questions to Linda Forward at 517-241-3147.